Definition of xylophone
: a percussion instrument consisting of a series of wooden bars graduated in length to produce the musical scale, supported on belts of straw or felt, and sounded by striking with two small wooden hammers
xylophonistplay \ˈzī-lə-ˌfō-nist also ˈzi-\ noun
Recent Examples of xylophone from the Web
Yes, that’s a cheat because there were no xylophones on site.
Perhaps the most elegant in it’s simplicity, was a slew of marbles each taking winding paths of different length before plunking down on a xylophone key.
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First Known Use of xylophone
XYLOPHONE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of xylophone for English Language Learners
: a musical instrument that has a set of wooden bars of different lengths that are hit with hammers
XYLOPHONE Defined for Kids
Definition of xylophone for Students
: a musical instrument consisting of a series of wooden bars of different lengths that are struck by special mallets to produce musical notes
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